By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday reiterated that gender discrimination that occurs among members of the LGBTQIA+ community must be stopped.
“Mga kababayan, hindi natin dapat hayaang magpatuloy ang ganito. While many claims that the Philippines is a country welcoming of the LGBTQ+, news is rife of abuses and discrimination against them,” Hontiveros said in her opening statement in the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) hearing.
The lawmaker added that many Filipinos experience discrimination because of their gender, including admission to school and work.
“We are acutely aware of the persistent mocking and name-calling, which are often falsely considered harmless. We have heard of the gender-based school and workplace discrimination,” Hontiveros said.
She again called for the passage of the SOGIE Equality bill which provides protection against discrimination.
“Kailangan nating maintindihan at tanggapin na sentro sa usaping ito ay ang isyu ng diskriminasyon. Malalim na nakaugat na diskriminasyon. You and I know that we have to make this stop. We, as a society have to make things right.”
Sen. Robin Padilla supported the statement of Hontiveros, saying there is no place for discrimination based on nationality under the Constitution.
“Napakalinaw po doon, Mahal na Tagapangulo, na wala pong sinabi ditong kasarian. Wala tayong pinipiling kasarian. Ang sinasabi po rito sa panimula ng ating Konstitusyon na lahat po tayong mga Pilipino ay pantay-pantay. Hindi lamang po sa mata ng Panginoong Diyos kundi sa mata ng batas ng tao,” Padilla said.(ai/mtvn)